Alabama Department of Corrections to Close Community Work Center
The Alabama Department of Corrections announced a plan to close a community work center nearby the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore that will enable the DOC to augment critical staffing shortages at the maximum security prison.
Corrections officials said the plan to close the Atmore Community Work Center which houses 240 inmates with a staff of 27 employees, will take effect by the end of this month.
“Our decision to close the Atmore Community Work Center and transfer the facility’s security staff to the William C. Holman Correctional Facility is a prudent step toward improving the safety and security conditions at the prison,” said Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn. “By closing the work center and transferring security staff to Holman, we will increase ‘boots on the ground’ and provide for a safer facility for our employees and inmates.”
Atmore Community Work Center inmates currently providing services to governmental agencies will be relocated to J.O. Davis Correctional Facility in Atmore in order to continue DOC’s support to the community. Officials added that closing the work center will not affect the local economy.
ADOC officials said a number of Atmore’s correctional officers already volunteer for overtime at Holman Correctional Facility to fill officer shortages. Since Holman prison is in close proximity to the community work center, the impact on officers transferring from the work center to the prison will be minimal.
Located next to Fountain prison, the Atmore Community Work Center opened in 1973.